La Jolla’s Birch Aquarium gets Sempra donation

The Sempra Energy Foundation has given $600,000 to UCSD as lead sponsor of Birch Aquarium

at Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s “Boundless Energy” exhibit and education program. This gift is the largest ever made by the foundation to a nonprofit institution.

“Boundless Energy,” designed to complement the Aquarium’s award-winning exhibit on climate change, will present a collection of interactive outdoor exhibits and experiences showing how harnessing the power of the wind, sun and waves reduces dependence on fossil fuels and produces energy that is free of carbon dioxide and particulate emissions. The anticipated opening of the exhibit is July 2011.